“It’s horrifically racist, but somehow we’ve gotten to a point in society where it’s OK."
Conservative commentator Candace Owens was suspended from Twitter on Saturday after mimicking anti-white tweets by Sarah Jeong -- The New York Times' new controversial hire -- but with one difference: Owens replaced the word "white" with "black" or "Jewish."
Following backlash on the platform, Twitter restored Owens' account several hours later.
Last week, The Times announced Jeong, formerly an editor at Verge, will be joining its editorial board as a tech-opinion editor and writer. Her tweets included statements like "white people are bullshit" and "#cancelwhitepeople."
When a large number of tweets resurfaced of Jeong expressing hatred toward whites, The Times brushed off concerns with a mild statement sticking by the hire.
This seemed to many critics on the right as a blatant double standard, especially considering that another tech writer, Quinn Norton, had been fired from Jeong's job at The Times earlier this year for precisely the same reason: old tweets reeking of bigotry.
Owens' trolling: On Saturday, Owens, the communications director of rightist activist group Turning Point USA, sought to spotlight the double standard by posting two tweets imitating Jeong's almost verbatim. But Owens swapped the racial group maligned by the tweets from "whites" to "Jews" and "blacks."
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The above tweet got her promptly banned from the platform. She received a message from Twitter asserting that she was "violating our rules against hateful conduct" and that her account has been "locked."
Outraged responses by conservative twitterers pushed the platform to acknowledge the mistake, if not the irony.
When she returned to Twitter, she posted a quick video recapping the incident.
"On the surface I actually agree with Twitter's assessment," she said in the video. "What I tweeted was wrong. You should not be able to tweet about any race, or any group that you want them cancelled, that they should live underground, or that you enjoy harassing them."